Your donation is tax deductible, so please include your contact information (esp. mailing address) with your donation so that we can properly account for it and send you documentation for your tax deduction.

City of Portland


Portland is Maine's business, financial and retail capital and the largest city in the state. Seascapes and cityscapes blend harmoniously in Portland, perched on a peninsula, jutting out into island-studded Casco Bay. The metropolitan hub of Maine's south coast region, Portland is a progressive, lively city incorporating the character of yesteryear into a modern urban environment. Historic architecture blends gracefully with the new as you stroll along her working waterfront or the cobblestone streets of the restored Old Port section of the city. With a metro population of 230,000, the Greater Portland area is home to almost one quarter of Maine's total population. The population of the city is 64,000.



Portland Commercial Street Forum

The City of Portland holds a public forum to present transportation alternatives for the Commercial Street corridor


One Climate Future Launch Event

Find out about "One Climate Future", a joint effort by the cities of Portland and South Portland to implement programs and set goals to combat climate change in the two cities


Portland Parks 2019 Greenspace Gathering

The Portland Parks Commission holds its 2019 Greenspace Gathering focusing on the challenges and solutions to assist the city's homeless population


Portland 2018 Employee Recognition & Awards Event

The city of Portland recognizes its long-time employees and presents awards for service.


Portland 2017 Employee Recognition Event

Portland's 2017 Employee Recognition Event


City of Portland - Lincoln Park Groundbreaking

The Friends of Lincoln Park and the City of Portland conducted a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of the Lincoln Park restoration project.


Congress Square Park Meeting #2

The WRT design team for the Congress Square Park redevelopment presents updated information on the progress of the project


Portland Fire Prevention Week

Find out how you can keep your home and family safe by checking your smoke detectors.


Portland Leadership Forum - George Mitchell

Senator George Mitchell speaks to Portland city workers about the benefits of public service in the first of a series of Leadership Forum


Congress Square Public Art Finalists

The Portland Public Art Committee presents an informative program at the Portland Museum of Art with the four finalists for the sculpture to be included in the Congress Square Redesign Project


 Member Highlight-Chester Pettingill

The Cliff Island community and representatives from the City of Portland and Casco Bay Lines gather on the dock to celebrate beloved community member Chester Pettingill's 80th Birthday


Community Kitchens with Mayor Ethan Strimling

Roger Berle welcomes Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling who cooks up an old family favorite - Tuna Casserole.


City of Portland 2015 Employee Recognition Event

The City of Portland recognizes its long service employees and celebrates their years of service to the city and its citizens


Portland Heroin & Opioid Overdose Crisis

Portland health and safety officials discuss the heroin and opioid addition crisis in the city


Portland New Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Check out Portland's news electric vehicle charging station


Fix It Portland

Check out the city's new App that lets you report a problem right from your smart phone


Portland Public Health Meds Disposal

Find out how to safely dispose of unused or unwanted medicine in Portland, Maine


Portland Public Health Syringe Disposal

Find out how to safely dispose of used or discarded syringes in Portland Maine


Bayside Neighborhood Association Community Conversation

A Bayside Neighborhood Association Community Conversation with the Portland Needle Exchange


2014 Portland Employee Recognition Awards

The City of Portland recognizes employees for their many years of service to the city and its citizens


Member Highlight 2014 Green Space Gathering

Join Portland's Parks Commission as they celebrate the 5th Annual Green Space Gathering


Meet the Mayor - June 2014

Mayor Michael Brennan talks with the public about city issues


Portland Parks Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on Portland's new Park Ordinance and the Citizen's Initiative on Parks: What's the Difference?


Member Highlight Portland FOG Campaign

Find out how you can prevent Fats, Oils and Grease from entering Portland's waste water treatment facilities.


Portland Immigrant Housing Workshop

Maine Equal Justice Partners and Avesta Housing are holding a housing workshop for Portland's newest citizens.


Art At Work Fundraiser

Art At Work's campaign to raise money for two new projects focusing on veterans and the homeless in Portland


Portland Maine's Food Safety Course

Get information about Portland Maine's 'Serv Safe' Food Safety Course


ME Vets Evening of Support

Dr. Clifford Trott of the Portland Vet Center talks about an Evening of Support for Cumberland County military vets.


Member Highlight Portland Maine Island Weatherization

Homeowners on Peaks Island in Portland Maine have signed up to receive a home energy audit and basic weatherization services


Portland Maine Connect Ed Press Conference

Portland Maine Mayor Michael Brennan announced the creation of Portland ConnectED, a community initiative designed to create pathways to success from cradle to career for all Portland children.


Calories Count

Last year the City of Portland began a program to have local restaurants post calorie counts on their menus. Recently the city conducted a survey to see how the program is being used. Public Health Evaluator Toho Soma talked with Lesley MacVane about the survey results


Stewards of the Western Cemetery

Portland's Western Cemetery was established in 1830 but has fallen into disrepair over the years. The Stewards of the Western Cemetery was formed in 2002 to repair and restore this historic resting place. Steward President, Linda Graffam and Trustee, Anne Pringle talk about the improvements already made including a new sign installed recently.


City of Portland's Emergency Operations Center

The City of Portland activated its Emergency Operations Center to deal with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Acting Fire Chief, Stephen Smith, talks about how the center works.


Casco Bay Flags

With the help of several local businesses, flags on the USS Portland memorial and Fort Gorges are flying over Casco Bay once again.


Maine Operation Lifesaver teaches train safety

The new Downeaster train service to Brunswick will bring more trains through Portland. Volunteer Maurice Fortin talks about Maine Operation Lifesaver's campaign to educate drivers and pedestrians on safety issues.


Facade Improvement Program

The City of Portland's "Facade Improvement Program" offers grants of up to $20,000 for businesses to upgrade their storefronts. Business Program Manager, Nelle Hanig and Deborah Andrews, Historic Preservation Program Manager, talk about how it works.


Mumford and Sons Concert Follow Up

The Mumford and Sons concert in Portland Maine was a success but raised questions about having such events on Munjoy Hill in the future. Mayor Michael Brennan, City Councilor Kevin Donoghue and city staff met with residents and local organizations to provide information and get feedback on the concert. Andrea Myhaver of the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Association also commented


City tree inventory

The City of Portland is compiling its most complete inventory of city trees and City Arborist, Jeff Tarling, explains how and why this is being done


Fire Dept monument

The City of Portland's Fire Department and several local businesses partnered to erect a monument to the city's fallen firefighters and Deputy Fire Chief David Jackson talks about the new memorial.


Sunset Folk Music series

City of Portland's Special Events Coordinator, Ted Musgrave, gives this year's lineup for the popular Sunset Folk Music series at Western Prom Park.


City of Portland's Congress St repaving

The City of Portland's Director of Public Services, Mike Bobinsky, talks about the major repaving project on outer Congress Street.


Yardscaping Gardens of Back Cove

Coordinator of the Maine Yardscaping Partnership, Gary Fish, along with the city's Yardscaping Gardens of Back Cove show off this oasis of color and natural beauty.


Portland Police Dept. new media outreach program

Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck talks about their new media outreach program for recruits


Portland Bulk Pickup

Portland's Environmental Program Manager, Troy Moon, talks about how the new Bulk Item Pickup program will work.


Salvation Army playroom

Major Terry Shaffer, Corps officer Salvation Army, talks about the partnership with the City of Portland to provide a playroom for children living in city homeless shelters at the opening ceremony.


Portland and Mytilene, Greece, sister cities

Hellenic Society President, Mary Snell, talks about the special reltionship between Portland and its Greek sister city of Mytilene.


Portland's Riverside Golf Course

Portland's Director of Public Services, Mike Bobinsky, tallks about upcoming improvements at Riverside Golf Course.


City of Portland "Healthy Portland"

City of Portland's Athletic Facilities Manager, Ethan Owens, talks about the new fitness courses installed around the city


City Hall art exhibit

Portland Recreation Department Supervisor and exhibit coordinator, Karen Seymour, talks about the 6th annual employee art exhibit at City Hall.


The City of Portland's swearing-in ceremony

The City of Portland's swearing-in ceremony for Michael Sauschuck as the new Police Chief.


Preble Street program to help veterans

Preble Street Veterans Housing Coordinator, Phillip Allen, discusses a new program to help veterans find shelter.


Oxford Street Shelter helps those in need

Portland's Director of the Oxford Street Shelter, Josh O'Brien, talks about their efforts to help those in need.


City of Portland's "Calories Count" program

Portland's Public Health Division Program Coordinator, Joan Ingram, discusses the program and how it can help keep residents healthy.


City of Portland's new grant program for local businesses

City of Portland's Acting Director for Planning and Development, Greg Mitchell, talks about the new grant program to help local businesses


Mayor Michael Brennan inaugural

Portland's new Mayor Michael Brennan gives his inaugural address at Ocean Gateway terminal


Portland Police -dangers of fake IDs

Sgt. Andrew Hutchings from Portland Police Dept. discusses dangers of underage teens using fake IDs


City of Portland's Christmas tree arrives in Monument Square

The City of Portland's Christmas tree arrives in Monument Square for the tree lighting ceramon


What is Art, What is Craft debate

The debate about what is art and what is craft was the focus of a public meeting at City Hall


Portland Housing Authority event

Portland Housing Authority event highlights affordable housing efforts.


Portland Library Of Congress

The Library of Congress visits Portland at Monument Square


Portland Water District and the Jetport provide water stations

The City of Portland and the Portland Water District team up to supply the Jetport with water bottle filling stations.


Russian delegation recognizes Portland's help during World War II

A delegation from Russia recognizes Portland's role in assisting their efforts in World War II


Portland City Council urges Postal Service to keep offices open

Portland City Council passes a unanimous resolution urging the Postal Service not to close two of its branches in Portland.


City of Portland Police Dept. Text A Tip program

Portland Police talk about the year old Text a Tip program.


Portland's Farmers Market new credit program

Portland's Farmers Market now accepts credit cards, debit cards and other noncash forms of payment.


City of Portland new City Manager

The new city manager of Portland Maine, Mark Rees, is interviewed


The City of Portland receives a Federal grant to continue Art at Work project

The City of Portland receives a grant to continue project with Art at Work


Portland Fire Department's Smoke Exercise

Portland Fire Department conducts training exercises to prepare firefighters to rescue one another in smoky conditions.


Portland Summer In The Park

Portland offers free concerts with its Summer in the Park series.


Portland introduces Passport to Play Program

Portland introduces a new program called Passport to Play that encourages families to use its park system


Portland 911 Flag

The 911 Flag visits Portland


Portland Clean Lawn WORKSHOP

The City of Portland offers a workshop on maintaining a healthy lawn without polluting ground water.


NEW Rank Choice Voting SYSTEM

Portland's new Rank Choice Voting system is explained by Election Administrator Bud Philbrick.


Portland Police Photo Exhibit

The Portland Police Department offers a photo exhibit that documents the history of the department back to the 1800's.


Portland Arbor Week

The City of Portland plants a tree in recognition of Arbor Day.


Portland Homebuyer Programs

The City of Portland has a new programs to assist homebuyers


Portland Fire Dept Grant

Portland Fire Department gets a grant and the chief explains what it's for.


Portland Recreation Guide

Portland issues its recreation guide for Spring and Summer 2011


Portland Earth Day2011

Portland celebrates Earth Day 2011.


Portland Police MedICATION Collection

Portland Police participate in a national day of collected unused medications


City of Portland honors the Baxter family

The City of Portland honors the Baxter family's contributions to the city and the state. Historian Herb Adams talks about their vision at a sunrise ceremony along Back Cove.


Portland Police Gay Forum

Portland Police hold a forum with the gay community.


Portland MultiCultural Health Fair

The City of Portland hosts a health fair targeted for residents from other countries


Portland Pullen Fountain

The City of Portland undertakes restoration of the historic Pullen Fountain


Portland fire hydrants & snow

Portland Fire Department explains how to keep hydrants available for emergencies.


Portland Farmers Market

Music and sights from Portland's Farmers' Market in Monument Square.


March into May

Free physical activity program sponsored by the City of Portland.


Portland Police Minority Performance

A performance by minority youth promotes dialogue with Portland police.


Portland Hockey Benefit

Portland police and firefighters play hockey with high school team as a benefit.


Portland Police annual crime report

Portland Police give their annual crime report


Portland Recreation Dept Snow

The City of Portland creates a snow board park in Payson Park.


Portland Raises Money For Haiti

Portland organizes volunteers to work with a local TV station to raise money for Haiti.


Portland Police Calendar

Artists and Portland police collaborate to create a calendar for 2010.


Portland Winter Fest

The City of Portland celebrates Winter Fest.


Art from Street Lines

Artists use the street repairs of Portland Public Works to create art.


Portland Fireboat Commission

The City of Portland celebrates the commissioning of its newest fireboat.


Portland Go Red For Women

The City of Portland joins the Go Red For Women campaign to inform women of the risks of heart disease.


William MacVane

A tribute to William MacVane, former mayor of Portland and surgeon.


portland Police Rape Defense

Portland Police department offers a self defense course for women


Portland Concert at the West End

The City of Portland hosts summer concerts at the West End.


Portland Traffic Lights

The City of Portland is trying out a new traffic light system.


Portland Medication Collection

The City of Portland offers a program to collect medication that needs to be disposed


Portland Waterfront 2010

The City of Portland prepares for cruise ship season.


Portland snow response

The City of Portland explains its response to heavy snow this winter 2011.


Council War Resolution

Portland City Council votes on a resolution to bring war dollars home.


City Hall art exhibit

City employees display their art at City Hall


Portland Jetport Expansion

A ceremony marks the beginning of Portland Jetport's most recent expansion.


MLK Jr. Memorial Meeting

Portland officials meeting to plan a city memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr.


City Council Update 11-09

Councilor Cheryl Leeman gives an update of City Council activity November 2009.


Portland HazMat Drill

The City of Portland conducts a hazardous material drill.


World War II Memorial

Portland recognizes the 65th Anniversary of the end of World War II.


Portland Police Strategic Plan

Portland Police department develops a strategic plan.


Portland Childhood Obesity Program

Portland receives a grant to develop a childhood obesity program